Michael Brownlee, editor of Just in Case: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Y2K Crisis, signs and discusses his book, a collection of 18 essays from independent journalists, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Tempe Square location of Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock in Tempe. 480-730-0205.
At 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, the Phoenix Rose Society meets at the Valley Garden Center, 1809 North 15th Avenue. On Tuesday, June 15, the scheduled guests will be rosemeisters Nelson Mitchell and Bill Carls, who will speak on how certain breeds become winners, among other topics of passionate interest to rose enthusiasts. Admission is free. 623-937-5713.
Comedian Richard Jeni (see Thursday) formulates the following syllogism: "God is love; love is blind; so it follows that . . . Ray Charles is God." It's hard to argue, especially while you're listening to him (Charles, that is, not Jeni). One of the greats of 20th-century American music, Charles performs on Wednesday, June 16, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The soul giant hails from Albany, Georgia, a community he claims maintained a constant population, because "every time another baby was born, another guy would leave town." Tickets for the show range from $32 to $42. 602-267-1600 (Celeb), 480-503-5555 (Dillard's).
Sax journeyman David Sanborn, who penned and performed the theme to Tom Snyder's lamented version of The Late Late Show, takes the stage for two shows, at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Red River Music Hall, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Tickets are $29.75. 480-829-6779 (Red River), 480-503-5555 (Dillard's).
Getting tickets won't be easy at this point, but Oscar-winning actress and '70s retro goddess Cher takes the stage on Wednesday, June 16, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Ticket prices officially ranged from $30 to $75. 602-379-7800 (AWA), 480-503-5555 (Dillard's).